I recently got some laser cutting done for a job and it got me thinking… I designed this pinhole camera around 9 years ago using Illustrator and 3D software so I thought I’d repurpose the files for laser cutting. It’s the same basic design but I’m making it easier to load and of course, it’s now going to be built much more accurately. Meanwhile one of the two pictures that I made ‘creative commons’ on my Flickr got picked up and used by petapixel in a post which references Seth Godin’s blog post. They make a point I’ve long thought about digital cameras – they have made it harder to make pictures that look different from everyone else’s. Which is partly why I’ve tried to use (and build) odd cameras over the years. So I’m getting back to making and the pinhole seemed like the easiest first step. There are more plans!
Previously, three of my Urban Mandalas were on show at the Keyworth Centre, London South Bank University from Wednesday, August 1 to Wednesday, August 15, 2012.
The King’s Cross show is on until the 15th of August. Follow the link above, or use the diary to find out about all the other shows and events that are on. They’re mostly in the King’s Cross area and most run to the end of June. There is a lot to see!
Brett from the London Street Photography Festival asked me to plug their international street photo awards. Meanwhile, the latest LIP magazine has a series of my house corner pictures across the centre spread. They are intended to be laid out in a grid like this but if you can’t get a copy of the mag you can see them singly on Flickr. Think of them as indoor street photography.
This is one of two of my new wide-o-rama pictures that are in the LIP Annual Show which runs from 18-21 October at Strand Gallery on John Adam Street (just behind the Strand at the Charing Cross end). Like a good member I’m doing my bit by sitting in the gallery on Friday morning, the 21st so drop in, say hello and look at the other 120+ pictures.
I really like Patrick Hughes’ paintings and his 3D constructions were an obvious inspiration for my Cornershop pictures. Looking at my sketchbook scan here makes me think I should go out and do more. I don’t know if he’s painted this kind of subject before but I was amused to see his latest work (see below).
If you’ve never seen his constructions you really need to stand in front of them to get the effect. They are great fun, so visit Flowers between 14 July and 3 September 2001.
When I think about photography and surrealism I tend to wonder if it’s still possible to do straight photography that could be considered surrealist. The question will be tested over the coming week as my “instruction” for the Street Photography Now Project Flickr group, here. Please feel free to respond by joining the group and posting one picture, that you’ve shot during this week (ends 10am GMT Friday 17 June).
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This picture is made from four cameras triggered simultaneously. It’s a weird feeling taking a picture when someone else is pressing the shutter release on their camera a few feet away. More fun is pressing the button and making 3 other cameras take a picture (so we took turns). These were made in 2007 with Jawed Ashraf, Helen Cheng and Dayton Taylor, so long ago that I’m not certain which picture is “mine” and who was triggering – not that it matters. I dug it out because I went to a talk at the Blurb pop-up shop by Wassink and Lundgren where they showed a series which you can see here (if you click on Artists & Guests then WassinkLundren then ‘show work’ then Tokyo Tokyo). It’s clear they didn’t use synchronised cameras but it’s a nice idea. As regular readers will know, Jawed and I did similar things with lightsquare (where we tried to catch the flash from the other camera by shouting) and Twins 1 and Twins 2 (2004) which are more automated and random than any of the stuff above. Then, of course, we had to make a movie. [Pic]